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2021 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest: due November 19, 2021

2021 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest

If you are interested in this contest, please email Dr. Spady and we can meet during Warrior Time to come up with a plan.

The winter severe weather season is quickly approaching and it’s time for a new Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The contest is sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the PSA contest is to receive a variety of multimedia products from middle school students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics.

The PSA contest is open to all seventh and eighth grade media classes in public and private schools and combined home school students. The infograms, short videos (3-5 minutes) and PSAs (30 sec. to 1 min.) should be on anything regarding preparedness including, home fire safety, home disaster preparedness (kits, plans, drills), safety tips for severe weather (tornadoes, severe winter weather, lightning, flooding)

The winning class infogram will receive $100, the winning class PSA will receive $250, and the winning class short video will receive $500. The prizes will be awarded to the teacher for use in the classroom.

Contest rules are as follows:

  1. The contest is open to all middle school (seventh and eighth) media classes in public and private schools along with combined home school students in Nebraska. Please one entry per category per school.
  2. Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety/preparedness and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy. Entries may be a 30-60 sec. video PSA; a 2-5 minute Instructional video or digital image ensemble, Facebook cover image, educational infographic, etc.
  3. Each school is encouraged to conduct the contest. All submittals are to be made electronically to by November 19, 2021 by a link to either YouTube or Vimeo. All submittals become the property of NAEM upon submittal.
  4. Each entry MUST INCLUDE the following information:

All winners will be contacted by phone by December 20, 2021.

Any questions regarding the 2021 Severe Weather PSA should be directed to the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator or to Laura Hintz (402) 288-5613, email

Contest rules and other information can also be obtained at the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management website at Judging will be done in December by representatives of the contest’s sponsors:  Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.


Innovation Seminar September 27

Attention 7th and 8th Graders

Have you ever wanted to have your own business? There are 9 spots available for students to spend a day at ESU #3’s Makerspace and Innovation Lab to help develop entrepreneurial ideas!

When:  Monday, September 27 from 9am – 2pm.  You will miss periods 2-9 so it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check with those teachers to see what you’ll miss.
You will need to bring a sack lunch

Email Dr. Spady ASAP if you are interested.

Math Counts

Math Counts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person “bee” style contests.

Math Counts Sample Problems

Bob is exactly 34 inches taller than his son, Tim. If Tim is 3 feet, 2 inches tall, how tall is Bob, in feet?

The digits 3, 4 and 8 can be used to make six different three-digit numbers in which each digit is used exactly once. What is the average of these six numbers?

If 36 + 64 + 45 + 55 + 56 + 44 + 67 + 33 + 78 + N = 500, what is the value of N?

2021-2022 Quiz Bowl at WMS

What is the term for a ball of gas in a liquid?

Russia and Canada are the two geographically larges countries.  Name the third largest.

Express this ratio in lowest terms: 1  3/4 to 7

answers below

The WMS Quiz Bowl team will start practicing soon.  To be considered for the team, please complete this 20-question Google Form quiz sometime before Friday, September 17.
NOTE:  Some of your answers might be counted wrong because of spelling.  I will go back and adjust the scores and NOT take off for spelling.  Just do your best!
Mrs. Weeks (8D History teacher) is the Quiz Bowl coach for WMS and she will notify you about practices, competitions, etc.

Google Form:

Answers to Questions Above: bubble, China, 1 to 4

NewzBrain Civics Challenge

NewzBrain provides a weekly online Civics Challenge covering a wide variety of topics.  Check out a sample NewzBrain Civics Challenge by clicking the link below to see if it’s something you’d be interested in doing.

If you would like a NewzBrain student account to participate in the Weekly Civics Challenge, email Dr. Spady.

Weekly leaders will be posted on our leaderboard at:

Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest (due April 30)

Middle School Division Guidelines

The contest is open to all middle school students (grades 6th – 8th). Contest winners and will receive:

  • A Shakespeare On The Green gift.

  • Reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green for the winner and their family.

  • The winning entry will be published in the souvenir program for Shakespeare on the Green and read by a Company member On The Green




Service Learning Opportunity for Summer 2021

The Munroe-Meyer Recreational Therapy Program would like to invite you to volunteer!

The program offers student volunteers, ages 13 to 25, hands on experience interacting with children and youth with developmental disabilities.  If you are interested in health care or teaching, this would be a great opportunity.  Find out more and/or apply by clicking the link below.

More Information & Application: